Welcome to the School of History

With over forty full time members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to the Middle East and South Asia.Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching and tutorials allowing for in depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

For a full list staff and their areas of expertise please click here. Students are encouraged over a four year course to explore their interests before focussing in the final two years on specialist pathways. For our range of Undergraduate course please see here. We also offer a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level from Environmental History to the History of the Book. For the full range of our programmes see here.


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Applications are invited for three three-year postdoctoral research fellowships to work on the Leverhulme-funded project After the Enlightenment: Scottish intellectual life, 1790-1843, directed by Professors Aileen Fyfe, Colin Kidd, Knud Haakonssen and Richard Whatmore.

The posts will be held from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2021. One research fellow will be appointed in each of the following areas: Moral Philosophy and Political EconomyNatural PhilosophyLearning and Unbelief

To discuss this post informally candidates may wish to contact the Chair of the Appointing Committee, Richard Whatmore (rw56@st-andrews.ac.uk). For more details via the 'further particulars link', and to apply, go to: https://www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/Vacancies/W/4330/0/181225/889/postdoctoral-research-fellow-ar2074as

Applications are also invited for the position of Associate Lecturer in Intellectual History (12 months from 1 September), to cover Richard Whatmore's teaching while he is on funded leave:

History Honours Pre-advising 2018/19

Module information for students entering Junior and Senior Honours in the 2018/19 academic year is now available here.

Rees Davies Prize awarded to Ashley Atkins.

Ashley Atkins completed the MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies in the School of History, University of St Andrews in 2015/16. His dissertation, entitled, 'The authorship, function, and ideological origins of the Claim of Right of 1989', has been awarded the Royal Historical Society's Rees Davies Prize for the best Masters dissertation submitted by a UK institution of higher education. The School of History extends its congratulations to Ashley for this outstanding achievement.



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Late Modern History (Joint seminar with Modern Languages & CRSCEES)
Tues, 17 April

Motoki Nomachi (Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University)
The Breakup of Serbo-Croatian and the Gorani of Kosovo
5.15 pm, Room 0.02, St Katharine's Lodge

Mediaeval History Postgraduate Forum
Wed, 18 April
Callum Jamieson
The reception of papal legates in English chronicles, c. 1100-1215
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Postgraduate Skills Training
Thurs, 19 April
Dr Kate Hammond (PhD 2013)
Alumni Career Paths: publishing editor
10.00 am, Old Class Library, St John's House

Early Modern and Reformation
Thurs, 19 April
Erin Maglaque (St Andrews)
'Family and Empire in the Renaissance Venetian Mediterranean'
5.15 pm , New Seminar Room, St John’s House

Middle East History and Iranian Studies
Thurs, 19 April
Dr Fiona Haarer (King’s College)

Diplomacy, Acculturation, Christianisation: Justinian's Foreign Policy in the East
5.15 pm, Old Seminar Room, South Street

Mediaeval Studies
Mon, 23 April
Professor Lesley Abrams (Oxford)
Vikings and Conversion to Christianity in Francia in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries: Politics and Pastoral Care
5.15 pm, Parliament Hall, South Street

Institute of Intellectual History
Tues, 24 April          
Dr Nicholas Mithen (EUI)

‘Codifying Good Taste: Historical Scholarship and Epistemic Virtue in Early 18th Century Italy’
5.15 pm, Room 1.10, St Katharine’s Lodge

Institute of Scottish Historical Research
Thurs, 26 April
Dr Gary Hutchison (University of Edinburgh)
‘Scottish Conservatism and Political Culture in the Age of Reform’
5.15 pm, New Seminar Room, St John's House

Institute of Legal and Consitutional Research
Mon, 30 April
Butler/ILCR Lionel Butler Lecture, Professor Michael Cook (Princeton)
'The spread of Islam around the Indian Ocean’
5.15 pm Parliament Hall

Professor Cook will also give a lunchtime workshop on the same day.

For full information about the seminar programme please click here